Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) at Open Hand Atlanta, an Atlanta staple
non-profit organization that provides medically tailored meals and food assistance to people
living with HIV and AIDS, disabled, and homebound elderly. Her clients often do not have
insurance, nor access comprehensive healthcare, and are subject to many social determinants
of health. Being a Open Hand client provides them access to medical nutrition therapy, nutrition
education and counseling.
Jennifer earned her Bachelors of Dietetics from Life University and underwent supervised
practice hours at Emory University Hospital and Southern Regional Medical Center. She has put
in leadership volunteer work at Interfaith Outreach Home and with her professional
organizations, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Greater Atlanta Dietetics
Jennifer has a passion for empowering her local community through policy change that will tear
down social determinants of health, such as healthcare disparity. Many patients have limited
access to RDNs due to their insurance plans, even when there is a
condition present where individualized nutrition services would benefit them.
Jennifer believes access to a variety of foods is part of quality healthcare. She believes part of
ending healthcare disparity will also have to include policies that end food apartheid.